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EDM Support for the inclusion of RE Print E-mail
Feb 09, 2011 at 01:38 PM

Stephen Lloyd, MP for Eastbourne,. has tabled an Early Day Motion, number 1375, supporting the inclusion of Religious Education in the new English Baccalaureate. The full text of the EDM is reproduced below.  Any reader who wishes to support this move might wish to write to their own MP asking them to consider signing the EDM.

RE and the English Baccalaureate Print E-mail
Feb 09, 2011 at 12:00 AM

The announcement by Michael Gove, Minister of State for Education, that an English Baccalaureate would be brought in as a means of recording pupil success at GCSE, has caused considerable comment and controversy.  The choice of subjects to be included is already having an impact on secondary school provision and staffing, not least on RE.  There appears to be some misunderstanding about the way that RE is timetabled at KS4 and especially the difference between the core statutory provision for all which is usually accredited by the short course GCSE and the optional full course examination which allows the subject to be studied in depth. 

National Curriculum Review Print E-mail
Jan 23, 2011 at 09:52 PM

Comments on National Curriculum Review  from  the Religious Education Council

The terms of reference for Review of the National Curriculum make clear that the Secretary of State is resolute in his pursuit of what he regards as fundamental for educational renewal. Along with member organisations, the REC will participate in the evidence- gathering process and in any other way to help the review take into account the role and place of RE within the wider curriculum.

The RE Council welcomes the reference to the statutory position of RE, and seeks reassurance that the statutory position of RE will be accompanied by actions which guarantee effective implementation in every school, college and academy.

The RE Council draws attention to the current and long-standing statutory requirement that the school curriculum promotes the "spiritual, moral...  and cultural development of pupils and of society" identified in the 1944 and 1988 Education Acts. These forms of development need to be remembered within the new national curriculum as well as the wider curriculum, and it is vital that they are directly addressed in the wording of the Education Bill as it is framed.

The local basis of RE is reaffirmed. Ways therefore need to be found to ensure that the Standing Advisory Councils on Religious Education, which individually cover each area of the country, are strengthened rather than diminished.  They are beacons attracting people from across religious, professional and political divides to work together for the well-being of children and of their communities.

Officers of the RE Council remain optimistic that they will be able to contribute positively to the thinking of Michael Gove and Nick Gibb. We will continue to engage in written exchanges and other parliamentary contacts. 

21 January 2011

http://www.education.gov.uk/schools/teachingandlearning/curriculum/nationalcurriculum  The salient paragraph on RE is: 11. ..it is essential to distinguish between the National Curriculum and the wider school curriculum. There are a number of important components of a broad and balanced school curriculum for which, as is currently the case, it would be inappropriate to prescribe national Programmes of Study. This applies, for example, in the case of religious education (RE), where what is taught needs to reflect local circumstances. Religious education will not, therefore, be considered as part of the review of the National Curriculum. The Government does not intend to make any changes to the statutory basis for religious education.




New Year Message Print E-mail
Jan 03, 2011 at 10:09 AM

New Year message from the REC chair

There's much to rejoice over during the year past regarding RE, especially student achievement, teacher job satisfaction and the abundance of good practice.  There's also much about which to be anxious, as the economies of the new government and any impact its educational policies may have on RE.


REC response to White Paper Print E-mail
Dec 08, 2010 at 01:31 PM

The RE Council has submitted the a letter to the Secretary of State for Education regarding the position of religious education in the recently published White Paper on the importance of Schools.

Download the letter

Religious Studies Results Print E-mail
Aug 26, 2010 at 06:52 PM

A Level 
There were 21,233 candidates in RS, equivalent to 2.5% of all candidates, a proportion exceeded by 14 subjects (English being the highest, 10.5%) but larger than for 21 others32.0% of RS candidates were males and 68.0% females, compared with a 46.1/53.9 gender split for all subjects, although RS was less ‘feminized’ than Art and Design (72.8%), Psychology (73.1%) and Sociology (75.3%)
The number of RS candidates was just 154 (or 0.7%) more than in 2009, in line with the modest 0.8% rise for all subjects
98.3% of RS candidates gained A*-E passes, 97.6% of males and 98.6% of females, whereas the average pass rate for all subjects was 97.6%

Religious Days
for England and Wales
Christian: Ash Wednesday
March 09, 2011

Zoroastrian: Farvardigun
March 10, 2011

St Patrick's Day
March 17, 2011

Japanese: Shunbun No Hi
March 18, 2011

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